‘I want to make a change in the industry’

Ben Hobbs We Are Ease
Ben Hobbs, We Are Ease

Ben Hobbs, project manager at We Are Ease, featured as one of Exeter Tomorrow’s 30 under 30 future business stars.

Why did you choose a career in construction? What else might you have done?

I inherited a passion for the construction industry from my family. After working for my grandad’s business and taking an administrative role in my dad’s, I began taking a real interest, which was strengthened the more I researched and gained experience.

The industry is exciting and continuously evolving at an extraordinary rate which is inspiring, and I knew I wanted to be a part of this.

If I hadn’t joined the construction industry, I would have pursued a career in business management. Alternatively, I might have tried to pursue a career in rugby: I played in the Exeter Chiefs academy for several years.

What do you enjoy about the work and what do you find challenging?

I enjoy working in an operational environment. It is extremely rewarding when you overcome hurdles and see the project progressing.

I enjoy working with trades and the client to deliver a project everybody is proud of in an open and honest environment.

There are challenges such as unforeseen issues and delays. It is challenging to not be dejected by delays but it is even more rewarding once they have been overcome. It can be challenging when working with trades and individuals that don’t deliver and cooperate as they should.

Finding a way of interacting, managing and leading is paramount to the job I do. It is key to develop a unique way of managing individuals and get the full potential out of everybody I work with.

What are your career ambitions? 

My ambitions are to be a successful project manager and deliver unique, large and defining projects to the highest quality and with passion in everything I do.

I want to make a change in the industry and deliver projects sustainably and effectively to make the construction industry a better place – which aligns perfectly with the company I work for.

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy golf and am a keen sportsman. I enjoy getting stuck into any sport I can.

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